Integrating E-learning into an Australian Post-graduate Nursing Program
The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University offers a range of award and non-award Higher education and vocational Education and Training courses. The RMIT Nursing and Midwifery Division has 1200 full-time and part-time Undergraduate and Post-Graduate nursing students. RMIT Nursing programs aim to provide an environment that is conducive to the development of students and staff so that they may reach their full potential and a range of educational services , programs and delivery modes which are responsive to individual needs for education and training through out their careers as nurses or other health care professionals (Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Plan 2001-2005. Successful implementation of flexible teaching methodologies including online and video conferencing etc took place in the Undergraduate nursing program. However,Post-graduate staff and students were unsure about the proposed online learning environemnt for their courses. Hence, a pilot study was conducted to seek Post-graduate nursing students’, their lecturer’s and clinical educators’ perspectives in relation to ‘e-learning and teaching’.
Keywords: e-learning, Nursing, flexible learning and teaching methods
Senior Lecturer, Nursing and Midwifery, RMIT University